I just happened to be in Chicago last weekend when they were having SOFA Chicago, the Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair, at Navy Pier, November 2-4, 2012. The three-day exposition featured nearly 70 art galleries and dealers from across the globe. I was very impressed with the quality of work and the event was very inspiring. I love glass work, and there was plenty of it, created in ways I have not seen before. Many of these artists are on the cutting edge, constantly developing new techniques and producing unique visual experiences for viewers. As a bonus, I came back with a bag full of free magazines and publications including Metalsmith and American Craft magazines. I would strongly recommend attending it next year. Admission was only $15.
Tom Loeser 21 and Over, 2012 Wood, found shovel handles
Eric Markow & Thom Norris Spring Dawn Kimono, 2012 Woven glass, 5.5 ft. tall with arm span of 4 ft.
Stephen Powell Habatat Galleries Teasing Salacious Eclipse, 2012 Blown glass and murrini 8 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
Donna Rosenthal Memory Coat Spiritual Love crocheted metal, vintage pins, mixed media 11 1/2 x 16 x 2 inches
Angus Ross Highland Love Seat Craft Scotland, United Kingdom
Tamara Coatsworth Cracker Jack Fused, slumped, silk-screened, and torch worked glass, 7.75 x 3 x 1.25 inches
Dena Pengas Mega/ Multi Necklace Frozen kiln cast glass, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY
Donna Rosenthal He Said…She Said couple, 2012 Mixed media 13 x 22 x 10 inches
Sonya Clark Black Cross Worn Thin, 2011 29″ x 29″ x 3″ d Combs
Brian Dettmer The Brain, 2011 Paperback book, adhesive
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